POLICE BEAT

2 Bangor men arrested at Countdown Downtown on New Year’s Eve

Posted Jan. 02, 2012, at 4:36 p.m.
Lance Johnson
Bangor Police Department
Lance Johnson
Andrew Hanson
Bangor Police Department
Andrew Hanson

BANGOR, Maine — Two local men were arrested on New Year’s Eve in West Market Square during the Countdown Downtown.

Lance Johnson, 26, and Andrew Hanson, 19, both of Bangor, were charged with criminal trespass when they returned to the square after they had been told by police to leave and not return.

Police were called about 8:30 p.m. by an event coordinator to deal with two men who were being disorderly, according to a press release issued Monday by Bangor police. They reportedly were intoxicated and bothering some of the performers.

Officer Wade Betters warned them to leave and offered the duo a ride, which they refused. Johnson and Hanson returned about 9:20 p.m. and were hanging around the stage. One appeared to be “very intoxicated, stumbling around aimlessly,” Sgt. Paul Edwards said in the release.

One of them hit a camera being operated by a Bangor Daily News photographer, who was videotaping the arrest. The photographer was not injured and the camera was not damaged.

Both men remained Monday at the Penobscot County Jail.

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